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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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Re: Jam 2
David: "have you carried this much in a Jam before?" Nope....I agree that 35-40lbs in the Jam2 won't be fun, but this would be a rare occurrence. If we did a 5 day hike (instead of...

In GEAR » Jam2 - Good Fit for my Wife?
August 07, 11:58pm

Thanks for chiming in....I really do value everyone's opinions. My wife doesn't hike that much....maybe 2 weekend trips and one 5-7 day trip per year. Accordingly, I'm inclined to g...

In GEAR » Jam2 - Good Fit for my Wife?
August 07, 11:29pm

Figuring out fuel usage and how much fuel is in a canister is a bit of a pain but I'm fine with doing that. What I really don't like is how I can't take precisely the amount of fuel I w...

In GEAR » Esbit Stove Capabilities
August 07, 10:45pm

Re: Re: Women and frameless packs
Greg: "She now has a Granite Gear Vapor Ki and is in heaven." Nice pack, but 59L is kinda large. It seems they don't make a smaller version of this pack. Something around 40-45L wo...

In GEAR » Jam2 - Good Fit for my Wife?
August 07, 9:35pm

I'm just researching alcohol stoves and I'm a bit confused. There seems to be 3 commonly used alcohols, all of which have problems. Pure ethanol works good but 95% Everclear is expensiv...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Performance of Alcohol Fuels for Backpacking Stoves
Part One: Three Straight Alcohols and Alcohol Blends

August 07, 5:26pm

Nice stove! Does it have the horsepower to bring a liter of water to a boil? All of their claims are based around 0.5L.

In GEAR » Esbit Stove Capabilities
August 07, 11:18am

I guess this thread is pointless since I'm answering all my own questions. The Montbell seems to be significantly because: - it snaps up instead of having a zipper - no pockets - lighter ...

In GEAR » Puffy Top Layer (Down Jackets)
August 07, 1:10am

Does anyone know why the Montbell jkt is about half the weight of the other jackets when they are all using 800fp down? The shell material is a bit lighter (15 denier vs 22 denier for the patag...

In GEAR » Puffy Top Layer (Down Jackets)
August 07, 12:56am

Okay I found some great ones from Montbell. They sell their 'UL Down Inner Jacket' for $145 and it weighs 6.9oz (2.0oz of which is insulation). They also sell the 'Ex Light Down Jacket&...

In GEAR » Puffy Top Layer (Down Jackets)
August 07, 12:55am

Puffy Top Layer (Down Jackets)
I'm a little confused about a good target weight for a down top. Most examples I've been able to find seem kinda heavy. For comparison, my Sierra Designs fleece that I'm looking to repl...

In GEAR » Puffy Top Layer (Down Jackets)
August 07, 12:45am

All Reader Reviews by Dan Durston

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Mountain Laurel Designs Cuben DuoMid
The DuoMid is the best shelter for solo hikers. Don't be misled by the "Duo" in its name - you could cram two hikers in here but it's poorly suited for that (ie. no vestibule space, ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
September 22, 1:56pm

Evernew 300ml Dbl Wall Mug (ECA354)
I like the idea of a robust, double wall titanium mug that may be a bit heavier...

In Cookware - Titanium
September 22, 11:01am

Montane Minimus DT Pant
These pants are a very niche product. They're light (4.25oz Med) but the Pertex Shield+ m...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 22, 10:31am

Spark-Lite Fire Starter (Survival Gear - BPL Gear Shop)
I have this kit and the FireLite Mini kit. This sparker is a bit lighter than the FireLite Mini but I don't trust this sparker 100% like I do the FireLite. This sparker doesn't work well wh...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
October 28, 11:21pm

BPL FireLite Firestarter
I love this FireLite Mini. It's the only thing that I 100% trust to start a fire. With a mini Bic you can run out of gas, be at too high of an altitude, get it wet or get it oily. Matches can ...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
October 28, 11:19pm

Hyperlight Mtn Gear Echo I
I wasn't sure where to put this review as the Echo I can be used as either a tarp or a double wall tent. OVERVIEW I've given the Echo I five stars because it's quality construct...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
October 16, 4:15pm

Golite 2006 Reed Pants
I've got the original Reed pants (4oz in a size medium) and they are prefect rain pants for UL hiking. They've been adequately durable, totally waterproof and light. I don't want ankle zip...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 15, 10:27pm

Marmot Essence
I'll be the first one to give this jacket 5 stars. Marmot has made a number of changes to this jacket over the years so criticisms of the earlier models are no longer relevant. My Essence is t...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 15, 10:22pm

Baladeo 22 Grams Knife
This knife is a brilliant design. Every part of it is functional and the result is a lot of knife for just 22g (or 24.3g as mine as actually weighs). When I opened the (very nice) box and first played...

In Miscellaneous Products
October 03, 6:10pm

Nite ize S-Biner
After using another small biner that failed due to a poor design, I switched the Nite Ize Size 1 biner for bear bagging this summer. I use one of these to clip to my 1.4mm spectra cord to my food sack...

In Miscellaneous Products
October 03, 5:56pm